Unsurprisingly, viewers were not enthused.
As the former White House press secretary made his way onto the Emmy Awards stage rolling the podium that looked similar to the one “Saturday Night Live” used to mock him, tweets poured in from viewers at home, accusing the show of trying to normalize an official who repeatedly lied to the American public.
“Trying to normalize Sean Spicer already?” Daily Kos staff writer Gabe Ortíz tweeted.
“Harvard fellowships, Emmy appearances, huge speaking fees: there’s just gonna be no penalty for working in Trump’s White House, huh?” Jon Favreau added.
Take a look at some of the most searing viewer reactions below.
I've reported in 5 conflict zones, wrote a book and still have trouble getting men to take me seriously but Sean Spicer works at Harvard now
— Sulome Anderson (@SulomeAnderson) September 18, 2017
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) September 18, 2017
As Deray would say, watch whiteness work to normalize Sean Spicer! COME! ON!
— roxane gay (@rgay) September 18, 2017
Harvard fellowships, Emmy appearances, huge speaking fees: there's just gonna be no penalty for working in Trump's White House, huh?
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 18, 2017
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) September 18, 2017
Isn't it funny! Sean Spicer comes out @ #Emmys to lampoon moment he tried intimidating White House press corps over inauguration crowd. Sigh
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) September 18, 2017
Hey remember that time when Sean Spicer blatantly lied from behind the White House podium? It's now a punch line...that he is in on!
— Matt Viser (@mviser) September 18, 2017
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 18, 2017
So we're just letting Sean Spicer in on the joke now, huh?
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) September 18, 2017
I'm not ready to laugh "with" Sean Spicer. I think he is an evil, opportunistic liar that hurt our country.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 18, 2017
Steve Bannon got a 60 Minutes feature & Sean Spicer got an #Emmys cameo, but Hillary Clinton needs to "shut up & go away"? Mmkay.
— Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer's stint in the Emmys just reminds me that Hollywood will always reward whiteness and racism despite how destructive or dangerous
— sarah amy harvard (@amyharvard_) September 18, 2017
.@seanspicer can normalize himself in good fun, but he still passionately advocated against human rights, health care, & American values
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) September 18, 2017
Sean Spicer gets a recovery tour after lying to the public for months but the first woman nominee is supposed to go into hiding
— JeremyConstantinople (@smartflexin) September 18, 2017
I can't normalize a man who lied for months and called concentration camps "Holocaust Centers". #SeanSpicer
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 18, 2017
I'm not ready for the redemption of Sean Spicer* #emmys
* will never be ready
— Doree Shafrir (@doree) September 18, 2017
Interesting choice by Emmys to let someone joke about demonstrably lying to the American people on behalf of the most powerful person in US
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) September 18, 2017
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.